With the advent of the digital age, some of the most polished and well-orchestrated action films today are finding their way to the masses not in the local multiplex, but on YouTube. More than a few of these have been created by independent filmmaker Eric Jacobus and The Stunt People, whose latest jaw-dropping short film “Rope-A-Dope 2” has just arrived on YouTube. Who ever said that January was a dead zone of bad movies?
As the title implies, the film is a sequel to the short film “Rope-A-Dope”, which The Stunt People first showed on YouTube in 2013. The short, in which not one word of dialogue is uttered, follows an unnamed Dope, played by Jacobus, who finds himself cursed to relive the same day over and over, which is especially troublesome, given that each day he finds himself under attack by the villainous Martial Arts Mafia. If you missed out on the film, check it out below.
For the sequel which like it’s predecessor is 100 percent dialogue-free, the Dope’s opponent Den, played by Dennis Ruel finds himself afflicted with the same curse, and is determined to escape his predicament and exact his vengeance on the Dope!
Jacobus co-founded The Stunt People in 2001 with Chelsea Steffensen and Ben Brown, and the release of “Rope-A-Dope 2” was specifically timed to commemorate the fourteenth anniversary of the group’s founding. Since their early beginnings, The Stunt People have steadily built a reputation as being among the best in the business, with numerous short films and a few features, such as “Contour” and “Death Grip”, which managed to pull in former Power Ranger Johnny Yong Bosch for villainous duties. More recently, Jacobus landed the role of Kurtis Stryker in the second season of the web-series “Mortal Kombat: Legacy”, and The Stunt People have also become an annual presence at the San Diego Comic-Con.